Archive | July 20, 2005

Bill Gates baffled; Rick Schummer explains

Rick Schummer notes Bill Gates is puzzled by computer science apathy: “This is a headline in this morning’s Great Lakes IT Report: “Bill Gates is puzzled by computer science apathy.” I also read a couple of news items with the same story yesterday. If he wants to understand it, all he has to do is sit down with some high school students and he will get his answer. I have and can tell you there are several reasons.”

Google Maps Moon

Slashdot posts: Google Moon Debuts. Ian writes “From the FAQ: ‘One small step for Google… On July 20, 1969, man first landed on the Moon. A few decades later, we’re pleased to cut you in on the action. Google Moon is an extension of Google Maps and Google Earth that, courtesy of NASA imagery (thanks, guys!), enables you to surf the Moon’s surface and check out the exact spots that the Apollo astronauts made their landings.'”

Very cool. I have the fondest memories of Dad waking me up around 2 AM and propping me up before a snowy black-and-white TV in the summer cottage we rented to watch a couple of astronauts in bulky suits bounce around, falling impossibly slowly, on the surface of the moon. Mankind had stepped upon another world.

FireFox fixes last fix

Get Firefox!Slashdot notes Firefox and Thunderbird 1.0.6 Released. micpp writes “Only a short time after the release of version 1.0.5, Mozilla has released version 1.0.6 of both Firefox and Thunderbird . This update fixes a bug in the browser and email program which prevented some extensions from working.”

Oops. Sometimes the cure is almost as bad as the disease. The developers jumped a bit too fast on this one, patching 1.0.4 with a buggy 1.0.5. All sorts of flap resulted, international releases were frozen, feelings were hurt, nasty things posted to forums.

Bugs patched. Get your new release.

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